With 15 years of coaching experience, education was a natural progression for Marco Reda. “I was always interested in teaching phys. ed., playing sports and was always good at it and wanted to transfer these athletic skills to students,” he says.
Reda’s teaching philosophy is based on playing games to teach skill development with an emphasis on fairness and inclusion, rather than just drills. A significant experience for Reda was when he had a student with cancer who was a top athlete and going through treatment. Reda worked to ensure that this student was appropriately accommodated by other Small Schools Athletic Federation (SSAF) organizations.
During his three years of teaching, Reda has seen a rise in involvement in school sports from all grade levels, as well as an increase in female participation. He has also promoted the students’ physical literacy and has observed this on the playground through increased sports participation and enjoyment. He further extends the positive effects of his teaching during extracurriculars such as running inter-murals and after-school recreation programs.